The warm, sunny days of summer beckon all of us outdoors, but pregnant women need to be careful as they can easily become dehydrated in heat and humidity. Dehydration during pregnancy increases the risk for low amniotic fluid, premature labor and difficulty with milk production. So, be aware of these signs of dehydration:
The Institute of Medicine recommends pregnant women drink about 10 cups of fluid daily and breast-feeding women consume about 13 cups each day. One way to make sure you are well hydrated is to glance at your urine. It should be very pale or colorless. While fluid intake can come from a variety of foods and beverages, plain drinking water is one of the best ways to consume fluid as it has no calories.
Children of all ages love beach days or play dates at the pool. But, be aware that drownings are a leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4. Here are a few tips to help keep your little one safe when in or around water:
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says there is no evidence that swimming lessons prevent drownings in babies younger than age 1, but older babies may be at less risk if they have had some formal instruction.
Summer is here and it’s a great time to get the whole family outdoors for fun and exercise. But, remember infant skin can sunburn easily and requires extra precautions. Start by keeping your baby out of direct sunlight by shading her stroller or carriage with a canopy, using an umbrella at the beach or park and installing window shades in the back of your car. And, try these additional tips:
And, pay attention to baby’s hydration in the summer heat. If your baby is at least 6 months, you can offer small amounts of drinking water or purified, steam-distilled water, such as Nursery®. Check with your pediatrician as to how much is best for your baby.
If your partner is pregnant, she’s probably paying extra attention to her health at this important time. But, did you know that your health is also key for baby’s well-being? So, if you’re due for an annual check-up, make an appointment. Your healthcare provider will make sure you’re up to date on vaccines and will screen for health conditions such as obesity, pre-diabetes and high blood pressure. And consider the following healthy steps:
Once your baby arrives, be patient. It takes about 6 weeks for most women to feel better after giving birth. Be aware that not only women suffer from postpartum depression (PPD); dads do as well. Contact your healthcare provider if you suspect you or your partner is suffering from PPD.